During the second day of the three days golf trials for selection as members of the Pakistan contingent due to participate in the Nick Faldo Golf Series in Viet Nam in March 2022, the front runners in Boys under 21 years age category, under 18 years and under 16 years age classification maintain their first days top standing on the leaderboard.
In fact Omer Khalid (Karachi Golf Club) appears all assertive in his own age group of below 18 years particularly after his spirited round of gross 69 in the second round which gives him a two days aggregate score of 142, two under par and he is ahead of his nearest rival Sameer Sayeed by an uplifting margin of 24 strokes. As for the other aspirants, they are still further behind and with their modest performances make Omer Khalid look prestigious, authoritative and Herculean.
In the course of the second round Omer Khalid pleased his fans and mentors by playing to perfection. His tee shots were on target and his hitting from the fairways was copybook, pristine and technically flawless. What else can a young gifted golf player seek to prove to those in command of golf affairs that how clearly discernible is the capability and it is time for him to go international. With parental support, clubs blessing and personal resoluteness he can seek international honours from hereon.
The leader in under 21 years age group remains Nadir Ahmed Khan (Karachi Golf Club). With two rounds scores of 79 and 84 and an aggregate of 163, he too seems to have booked a berth for Vietnam. His fellow competitors played not up to the required standards, thereby, the chances of displacing him as the top one are remote. Score wise his adversary Damil Ataullah (Lahore Garrison) is placed at a score of 171, as is Hamza Zahid Khan (DHA) and at 174 is Omer Intesar (DHA).
In the under 16 years age group Laraib ur Rehman (Mardan) is in the lead with two rounds scores of 78 and 81 and an aggregate of 159. In his case the battle for selection is still turbulent as his rival Ashass of Airmen Golf Club is placed one stroke behind him at 160 and at 164 is Irtiza Hussain of Margalla Greens. The final round on Sunday will be crucial for these three.
A change in the leaderboard status occured in the girls under 21 years age group. At the end of the first round Daniah Syed and Hamna Amjad were level but in the second round Humna Amjad took over command and is now placed at a two rounds aggregate score of 167 while Daniah is at 170. Abiha is at 178. A good fight for selection is expected in the final round on Sunday.
In age category under 16 years for girls the sole aspirant for selection is Ayesha Kashif and appears all pleased about certainty of selection for international exposure.
At the conclusion of the final round on Sunday at the Airmen Golf Club Golf Course the names of those selected to represent Pakistan at the Nick Faldo Series Grand Final in Boys categories in three age groups will be announced. Similarly the two girls selected to represent the country will also be finalized.